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this family an extra $70 a month to spend. john is a maintenance man in jersey city, new jersey. >> are you paying any attention to what's going on in washington right now? >> of course. >> reporter: their $50,000 a year income put them almost exactly in the middle of the american household. if it's not extended those $1,035 more. >> do you have room to cut back? >> no. >> reporter: if the tax cut expires paycheck contributions will go from 4.2% to 6.2%. that's $115 billion a year that would go to deficit reduction instead of being pumped into the economy. heidi sherholtz is an economist. >> it's less money for consumers to spend, that means that the demand for business services will drop, who provides goods and services, workers, so employment will fall. >> reporter: those in favor allowing the tax cuts to expire argue money for social security payments has to come from somewhere. although john says that somewhere will mean doing without some of the basics. >> might be a pair of sneakers. >> reporter: might be a jacket. might be those pair of boots that they want to go there and keep warm
england. >> and the storm is covering a massive area at the moment. now, cities on the east coast are preparing for snow and possibly severe weather. >> edward lawrence from washington, thank you. >>> the looming fiscal cliff is forcing president obama to cut short his christmas vacation. the deadline is only six days away. the president plans to leave hawaii today and head back to washington to meet with lawmakers. where heed he and his wife, michelle, spent christmas visiting u.s. troops and their families in hawaii. to beat the january 1st deadline senate majority leader harry reid is said to be crafting his own fiscal package. it would extend the bush era tax cuts for households making less than $250,000, extend long-term unemployment, short-term spending cuts, and make a scheduled drop in medicare reimbursement to doctors. house speaker john boehner said they've had no communication with senator reid. >>> the exconwho ambushed and killed two volunteer firefighters in upstate new york may have murdered his sister. her body was found yesterday, and police say william spamglor h
everywhere. >>> here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. new york, occasional showers, 43. miami, mostly sunny, 74. chicago, mostly sunny, 35. dallas, partly sunny, 50. los angeles, partly sunny, 60. >>> time now for a check of the national forecast. a big winter storm will bring heavy snow and high winds from western new york to maine. heavy rain will soak coastal areas from delaware to southern new england. most of the south will be dry, but temperatures will plunge into the 20s and 30s in some places. the midwest will be mainly dry. heavy rain is forecast for the pacific northwest. more than a half foot of snow is expected across the northern and central rockies. >>> on the "cbs moneywatch," no joy for holiday sales, and where you'll find the country's most expensive metered parking. erica ferrari is here in new york with that and more. good morning, erica. >> good morning. the nation's retailers are hoping heavily discounted post-christmas sales will salvage the lackluster holiday season. consumer spending rose just 0.7% in the two months before christmas,
christmas in places like oklahoma city, little rock, and up into southeastern portions of st. louis. then the storm on wednesday and thursday moves into the ohio valley, great lakes, and inland portions of the northeast. some places will pick up around two feet of snow. most folks around a foot with wind gusts to around 40 and 50 miles per hour, making for a travel nightmare as we head through the week. really for tuesday and especially wednesday and thursday. reporting for cbs news, miami. >>> authorities in western new york still don't know what prompted an ex-con to gun down a group of firefighters. the gunman lured them to his neighborhood in the town of webster by setting a fire to a car and house. two firefighters were killed in the ambush. this morning, officials are looking for more victims. we have more from webster, new york. good morning. >> reporter: duarte, as investigators work to find out why two firefighters were killed, the whole town of webster is grieving this christmas. it's a day that should be about celebration. candles are burning for two firefighters killed i
an 11- year-old daly city boy. the l.a. county district attorney says suspects in their early 20s threw a loaded gun out of their car before slamming into this minivan in pasadena christmas night. 11-year-old kendrick eng and his 25-year-old cuss written killed. the family was down in l.a. for christmas and had just left an ice skating rink. >>> a speeding car smashed into a home causing a gas leak in south sacramento early this morning. the car sheared off the gas meter. no one was seriously hurt. police arrested the driver for dui. >>> no matter how many local news stories, no matter how many public awareness campaigns, people still drink and drive. cbs 5 reporter elissa harrington tells us there is a new plan to stop that in california and it has really worked in other states. >> reporter: it's called an ignition interlock device wired to a person's car and will prevent the car from starting if the driver has been drinking. in some states it's lowered the dui reoffender rate by 75%. >> with the upcoming new year's holiday it is more important than ever to be aware of the dangers asso
on where the virus is worse and how effective the vaccine can be and in what city in america can you find a kid from every country? the world? seth doane follows danny goldfield who's answering this question with a bus pass. >> so far i have photographed children from 169 countries. i have 24 more. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. president obama dug in his heels today insisting on tax revenues for higher income earners but at a hint of compromise he said he would consider lowering tax breaks again next year. mr. obama wants to raise taxes on individuals who make more than $200,000 a year and on couples making more than $250. he said this today. the way to recovery. bill whitaker reports from california. schools close as the flu bug spreads. elaine quijano reports on where the virus is woshs and how efgtd the vaccine can be. and what city in america. >> raise revenues that are sufficient to balance with >> the issues is that we are going to have to raise revenues that are sufficient to balance with very you have to cuts
low but it is higher than 2011. >>> not all cities are seeing an increase. richmonday richmond is no longer on the most dangerous -- richmond is no longer on the most dangerous list. it is a drop, 45%. it is the lowest number people have seen since 2001. big credit can be given to the police department extra officers, they went from 40 to 190 officers in recent years. >>> well, a developing story tonight. secretary of state hilary rodham clinton is in a new york hospital being treated for a blood clot. doctors say the clot is a result of a concussion that she suffered several weeks ago when she fainted and she hit her head while battling a stomach virus. it forced her to delay the testimony about the attack in libya. she steps down next month. the most traveled secretary of state in history. she has visited 112 countries while on the job. >>> the clock is ticking. in less than 24 hours everyone's taxes will go up unless congress hammers out the deal. lawmakers went home route an agreement of negotiations, randall? >> reporter: went home but they will be back tomorrow, we hope.
number of people killed in the city since 1991. >>> slow response times expected in the east bay. supervisors vote unanimously to close four fire stations. the stations that will be closerd in walnut creek, martinez, lafayette and clayton. that leaves clayton without a single fire station. cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran reports. >> reporter: starting next month the city won't have a fire station. that means the near he was fire station to clayton will be 3.5 miles away in concord. last night's vote comes after voters failed to pass measure q. measure q was a parcel tax that, if passed, would have prevented these closures. these closures will save the fire protection district $3 million. the district is facing a $17 million deficit and says it spent its reserves. but for clayton neighbors, the savings don't outweigh the costs it will mean for their city. >> it's hitting us at a tender spot with us because of what we have been through and we know what others will, unfortunately, have to go through. >> reporter: kelly's clayton home was destroyed in a fire a year and a half ago. her t
. >> reporter: the outskirts of amascus have become a grttleground with some of the fiercest fighting the city has seen yet. syrian rebels say they're closing in on the capital street by street. ow within their sights is their biggest target-- the damascus international airport, about 12 heles southeast of the city. poavy bombardment reported today in the suburbs in the surrounding area. rebel leaders called the airport a legitimate target, and gave a atark warning to the regime and outside travelers to avoid it at all costs. fighting near the airport force the suspension of commercial flights this week. some airlines have already stopped all together. a rebel takeover of the airport ould also cut off weapon supplies and regime allies like iran says andrew tabler of the washington institute of near wa east policy. >> as the country's longest runways, from that location that jets from iran land, the isrrying a lot of sophisticated weapons, so knocking that location out, taking it over and holding it, will allow the rebels to begin their push towards damascus without having the threat of resuppl
to the levy. we have city crews, county crews, engineers, and volunteers, all on scene, helping to make this happen so that residents in this neighborhood can have a safe christmas where they will not have to worry about that levy. reporting live in east palo alto. >>> a beautiful break in the weather today, but more rain is on the way. >> brian? >> not a thing to be seen at this time but that will change about midday tomorrow. but there is good news with this storm, because that low is mostly up off the queen charlottes in british columbia and that energy is too far away to do nearly as much as it did yesterday. we expect a mostly cloudy start to the day on christmas. then rain will spread south, but it is not going to be as bad as yesterday. the forecast models put about a half inch of rain in this. it will be not nearly as windy as it was yesterday. all the details coming up when we have kind of an unusual weather forecast in just a few minutes. >> we'll see you then. >>> police say a man was hit just after 5:00 as he was crossing broadway. the car cars were racing when the man was s
ago. earlier today, he was released from a detention cr in guatemala city -- surroud >>> antivirus software founder john mcafee is in miami arriving there 45 minutes ago. he was released from a detention center in guatemala city surrounded by police and reporters. guatemala says it is expelling mcafee for entering the country illegally. he sneaked in from neighboring belize where he is wanted for questioning in the death of his neighbor. it's not clear whether u.s. officials will hold him on behalf of authorities in belize. >>> well, you might think that residents with the least amount of trash to be picked up would get the lowest rate increase if they get one at all. but in san carlos, that's not the case. cbs 5 reporter don ford explains why they are paying more. >>> reporter: trash day in san carlos, cans lined up. starting january new rates are going up. but not everyone gets the same rate increase. smaller cans get a large increase while large cans get a smaller increase. >> i think it's crazy. >> reporter: this is a smaller can. >> if i have to pay more then i might as well g
or so, in the cities. that looks like it's mainly going to be rain. but even all that heavy rain into tomorrow morning is likely going to slow down air traffic, and i think today's delays are probably going to fold over into tomorrow, as well. >> axelrod: david bernard, thank you. and late today, we got word that toyota has reached a settlement in lawsuits over unintended acceleration. it's believed to be the largest in u.s. history involving an automobile defect. toyota has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to reimburse owners and install new safety equipment. dozens of drivers have claimed their cars accelerated without warning. more than 14 million cars were recalled in 2009 and 2010, but, as part of the settlement, toyota admits no fault. the forecast for this year's holiday sales were apparently way off. last week, the retail analyst shoppertrak projected sales this year would go up 2.5%, but a new report puts it at 0.7%, the weakest season since 2008. we asked elaine quijano to find out why shoppers were not in a spending mood. >> reporter: the early indications are that shoppers
is in the hospital after a car went over a 400-foot cliff in daly city this morning. another passenger is okay able to get out of the car. it happened on 35 near olympic way. traffic was a mess but everything is open now. >>> another executive quits his job at the port of oakland after an independent investigation into expenses charged to the port. the probe found dozens of employees put questionable charges on the port credit cards. >>> got your traffic and rain on the way coming up. ,, ,,,,,, >>> good morning. a live look at the bay bridge, it's backed up solidly through the may see this morning. there is a stall reported near the metering lights so that's not helping the commute about 20 to 25 minutes to get on the bay bridge. the nimitz 880 through oakland looks good towards downtown. and once again a dense fog advisory issued by chp for portions of eastern contra costa. >> patchy fog out there now out the door. watch out for that especially in some of the interior valleys. but yeah, looks like the 30s and 40s right now. by the afternoon, only in the 50s and 60s. increasing clouds chance of ra
of a car that plowed into a group of people enjoying the city lights from twin peaks went before a judge today. turns out the woman wanted to be a cop. cbs 5 reporter da lin tells us now she faces a long prison sentence. >> reporter: the suspect gina eunice is locked up tonight. she appeared briefly in court at the hall of justice this afternoon. she did not enter a plea. a judge set her bail amount at $2 million citing public safety for that high amount. instead of up holing the law, gina eunice seen here in an orange jumpsuit found herself on the wrong side of the law. >> studying criminal justice hoping to become a police officer. >> reporter: her attorney says eunice was about to graduate from college. the san francisco district attorney charged the 23-year- old woman with driving under the influence, vehicular manslaughter. those are just some of the six charges she is facing after police say she drive her car into a group of people last week. the accident killed a 56-year- old woman visiting from china and injured two others. police say the injury knocked the three pedestrians abou
. >> reporter: tens of thousands of protesters fell on to the streets in cairo and other egyptian cities, calling it a final warning to the islamist president, mohamed morsi, who critics say is behaving like a dictator. in cairo, protesters surrounded the presidential palace, chanting slogans calling for the end of the presidency. it was mostly a peaceful demonstration. protesters are angry about a drawn constitution which will put to referendum, a popular vote in ten days time. control by president morsi's islamist allies, many more liberal editions say it is sharia law that fail to protect the rights of minorities and women. >>> the duchess of cambridge is said to be feeling better this morning after treatment for cute morning sickness. prince william's wife is expected to stay in king edwards hospital for several days. >> reporter: good morning charlie. the news today seems to be better. after spending a second day at the hospital with his wife, prince william left her looking a lot more relaxed. kate is, quote, continuing to feel better and it seems that the prince was feeling a litt
on a city street. one later died. cbs 5 reporter linda yee tells us they knew their attackers well. >> reporter: yes, they did, liz. four women and one man were picked up early this morning at a house in hercules. now, police believe that the suspects did dump their two victims here in this visitacion valley neighborhood and they call this case so bizarre, it could only happen in the movies. now, the man and the women were beat n up and tied up. one of them was shot, left on the street early sunday evening. information police said led them to the five suspects who had been in hercules at the time. they are a 32-year-old san francisco woman and a 21-year- old oakland man both of them charged with murder. the three other suspects, a 19- year-old, 22-year-old and 24- year-old women from hercules have been charged with accessory to murder. investigators say the victims did know their suspects. >> it was established that there was an expensive relationship between the victims -- extensive relationship between the victims and the suspect in this case. i can't get into detail about the re
city and also in philadelphia. first thing is first, let's talk about what's happening right now. the rain is breaking out in portions of the southeast. there may be thunderstorms there today. we'll track this system across the country, you can see later today and especially tonight, it moves into the southern part of the ohio valley places like evansville could see a couple inches of snow and tomorrow morning it moves into d.c. and philly. it will be a mix of snow and rain in d.c., probably a mixture in philadelphia and new york. i think more in the way of snow could be a few inches of snow around new york city and philadelphia places just northwest of there and also into southeast new england could see as much as six inches of snowfall and although it's not a major system it's probably going to cause travel problems tomorrow. >> all right, jeff, thanks so much. >>> you know about the fiscal cliff. here comes the container cliff. dockworkers threaten to go on strike this sunday at more than a dozen major seaports from texas to massachusetts, and that could
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crystal triangles. several hundred thousand people are expected to pack times square in new york city to watch the countdown this evening. >>> "cbs moneywatch" time now on a monday morning. ford drives up sales and a key to returning your holiday gifts. i can't wait to hear this, miss ashley morrison. good morning to you. >> good morning to you, terrell. >>> strong growth in china fueled markets there. the shanghai composite index gained more than 1.5% while hong kong's hang seng lost a fraction and tokyo's nikkei was closed for the holiday. >>> it will be another short week on wall street because of new year's and promises to be another volatile week especially if no deal is reached on the fiscal cliff. on friday the dow dropped 158 points while the nasdaq fell 25 points. >>> ford motor's had another banner year. the automaker says they sold 2.2 million vehicles here in the u.s. in 2012. that's up from 2.1 million last year. the ford focus is their most popular model. this is the second year in a row ford has topped 2 million in sales, the only u.s. company to do that. >>> there may
to ban public nudity. protestors stripped at san francisco city hall last month when supervisors gave preliminary approval to the ban. they plan to do so today. >> reporter: president obama is keeping a close eye on a week lon strike at two southern california ports. 800 members at the port of los angeles and long beach have been working without a contract for two years. the clerks don't handle cargo but dock workers are refusing to cross picket lines forcing a shutdown of those terminals. the strike is costing the u.s. up to $1 billion a day and it could delay shipments of holiday gift merchandise. >>> president obama will host a group of governors today to talk about the upcoming "fiscal cliff." this is after they rejected a count proposal from congressional republicans. that plan promises to trim $2.2 trillion over 10 years and includes $900 billion in entitlement cuts, two-thirds of that from healthcare. it also offers $800 billion in new tax revenues but only if the money comes from tax reform and not from raising rates on the wealthy. and that's where the stalemate is stuck. >>>
&e, sanitation crews and city official have all been out here to the scene of this giant sinkhole. so far they have been clearing debris while making sure residents can still get gas and water service. those lines were damaged. they have had to temporarily run some of the lines above ground. this sinkhole is 80 feet long, 40 feet wide and 15 feet deep. it opened up on sunday following some heavy rains and the lafayette creek which runs under part of the road flooded eroded the ground and caused it to fall. the next storm, however, right around the corner. it will roll in later on today. so the city and engineers have come up with a plan to put in a temporary culvert a permanent fix taking months. >> bottom line is there's going to be a hole in the ground here for a long time. and mountain view drive is going to be closed. >> there are detours in place and nobody will be stuck. there's always a way to get around. later on this morning, engineers and city officials will be back out at the scene trying to prepare for the rain later on today. the city manager told me yesterday, he estimates t
providing opportunity to our youth in the city. >> meanwhile, muni service was back to normal today after a trolley car hit a woman in a wheelchair last night leaving her with life-threatening injuries. and a blown transformer stopped muni metro for much of last night. >>> well, the san francisco board of supervisors gave final approval today to the city's new ban on public nudity. well, that prompted several protestors to strip naked again in the board chambers. they were covered in blankets and escorted out as behalf. backers of the bans say it strikes a ban between nudist and those who don't want to see so much of you. but opponents say what you want to see and don't see, it's up to you. >> if you don't want to see someone, turn way. there's nothing stopping you from turning away. why should you be able to control whether someone is showing their body in public? >> the ban takes effect in february. first time offenders face a $100 fine. multiple violation could carry jail time. >>> well, it will soon be a lot tougher to be a smoker in a city in sonoma county. petaluma lead yours unanim
of the safest big cities in america has hit a homicide milestone. san jose on friday reached its 43rd killing of the year when a 17-year-old boy was gunned down in a residential area. the city matches a two decade high and topped last year's total of 41 murders. >>> this morning a teenaged boy from vallejo will be arraigned on charges of attempted murder, kid manage and sexual assault. 14-year-old caviar king abducted a 65-year-old woman at gunpoint from a shopping center parking lot last month, according to police, they say it was random. >>> the battle over thomas kinkade's state continues today in a san jose courtroom. the case pits the artest's live- in girlfriend amy pinto against his wife, nanette. each claims the right to kinkade's paintings and other possessions. he died last april. >>> contra costa county supervisors will consider plans this week to close four more fire stations. the chief says it's necessary after the failure of a parcel tax hike to fund the district. the county is looking at closing stations in walnut creek, clayton, martinez and lafayette to save $3 million. >>> t
survived or lost loved ones in gun violence gathered at city hall. that's how many people mayor michael bloomberg says are killed in shootings each year in the u.s. >> in a democratic society, you have to come together in what the majority of people want. every time there's a poll, the majority want sensible gun restrictions. >> reporter: they're pushing for tighter gun lawns including the type of assault weapon used in the newtown massacre. >> my daughter would have been 19 december 23. >> reporter: nardine's daughter was killed in a drive-by shooting moments after she attended the funeral of another shooting victim. >> it just shouldn't take so much bloodshed. >> reporter: the group joined mayor bloomberg in a new ad campaign pressuring lawmakers to come up with a plan to reduce the number of guns on the streets. >> i demand a plan, and so should you. >> reporter: dozens of people marched against the national rifle association in washington. >> shame on the nra! >> reporter: speaking out for a political action committee, the group says the gun rights group is partly to blame for trage
step is admitting you have a problem. and tonight oakland city leaders have done exactly that. three -- three months ago they acknowledged there is no plan to reduce crime now they admit they need one and recruited a name you might recognize to make it happen. da lin reports on the grim 2012. >> reporter: it's been tough in the city of oakland. they acknowledge crime and they have made two major announcements this afternoon. one is that they will hire los angeles former -- former los angeles police chief bill bratton as a paid consultant and, two of the city of oakland going back to neighborhood policing. they hope those two ideas, those two plans will cut down on crime in oakland. both oakland mayor jean quan and police chief howard jordan say crime in oakland is out of control. 127 homicides so of this year the highest since 2007. 1 -- 127 homicide so far this year the highest since 2007. >> we agree with the community i see that the crime rate is absolutely unacceptable. >> we have to do something. we have done a lot last year, we have to try something different. >> reporter: they
known for gang activity. the city's homicide rate now stands at 130. that is up from last year's total of 110. >>> a sixth person faces murder and other charges in the case of a man and woman found bound and gagged on a san francisco street. the authorities say 26-year-old katherine wong is being held on $2 million bail. a man and woman were found bound and beaten december 9th. a man -- that man later died from a gunshot wound and the woman is still recovering at a hospital. she is expected to survive. >>> graffiti is on the rise in san francisco. large murals are often the targets. all around san francisco vandals have been defacing murals even along clarion alley which is considered kind of a street museum of murals. the public works department says it's had almost 22,000 requests for graffiti cleanup in san francisco this year. >>> a good sign for the san jose sharks and the nhl. the players association and its owners are set to go back to the bargaining table tomorrow. a new contract offer seems to have broken the ice, so to say, between the two sides. time is running out, thoug
a neighborhood under siege on the outskirts of the capital city, damascus. >> reporter: it's 6:00 p.m. the heavy shelling doesn't usually start until 9:00, so it's safe to go for a tour of this wrecked and virtually deserted neighborhood. this was one of the first neighborhoods to rise up against president bashar al-assad and for almost two years it's been punished. now 80% of the residents have been driven out. our guide was 21-year-old sara. the few people who remain here are too poor to leave or, like sara, too committed to the anti- regime fight. you're among the 20% who stayed. why? better to live here and die with dignity than go to a refugee camp? >> yes, die and we will be proud. >> reporter: at home, most days there is enough to eat for three generations of this family. but only sporadic electricity and the children haven't been to school for two months. most of the men are stuck here, unable to get through the military checkpoints that ring the neighborhood, so instead they've joined the local free syrian army defense force. on guard night after night since april. >> i'm so tired. look
at the weather in >>> here's look at the weather in cities around the country. in new york, 45 degrees. sunny. mostly sunshine in chicago, 46 degrees. turns cloudy in dallas, 62. rain ends in l.a., 61 degrees. >>> let's check your national forecast. in the west, the storm that's been hitting the area will move into southern california across to utah, bringing more rain and mountain snow. there could be some flooding in los angeles and las vegas. it will be dry across much of the midwest, northeast, and south, but expect random showers in parts of north carolina and eastern florida. >>> in sports this morning the warriors shocked the heat at home. lebron james dropped in 31 points. he's now scored at least 20 points for 25 games in a row, the longest current streak in the nba. in the fourth, score tied. time running out. a wide open. he lays in the game-winner. warriors fly by miami. warriors now winners of five in a row. >>> a thriller in salt lake. jazz down by two. paul millsap hits up. at the buzzer mo williams tosses one from long range and hits the big game-winner. jazz down san antonio,
cities an then in the countryside. many egyptians are simply growing weary after two years of political turmoil. adding to their woes is the effect on the economy. the tourism industry has been hard-hit and the prospects of attracting foreign investment in other sectors is fast becoming a distant dream. the $4.8 billion loan from the international monetary fund has been held back pending political developments. but the biggest fear of all is more violence, which remains a very real possibility. some commentators here are saying egypt is teetering on the brink of what amounts to a virtual civil war. i'm allen pizzey in cairo. >>> it is time to show you some of this morning's headlines from around the globe. britain's "guardian" says the nurse at the heart of the phone hoax left three letters before she died. three days earlier she sent a prank call from an australian radio station to the ward where the dutchess of cambridge was being treated. >>> the "chicago tribune" says a man died after falling down a hotel smoke tack. nicholas wieme climbed to the roof of the inte
. >>> and some good news for an east bay city. richmond's homicide rate is down and the city is no longer on the most dangerous list. this year, 18 people were killed. but three years ago, that number was 45. in fact, this year's is the lowest homicide rate richmond has seen since 2001. >>> now a very special christmas holiday forecast from bryan. >> twaz the night before christmas and all through the bay, the rains had retreated, at least for the day. the storms that were on the coast all week long, now have retreated off oregon, where they belong. and in the midwest with bitter winds blowing, where you're shoveling, plowing, raining, snowing. we watched how you struggled to simply survive. it was freezing here too. about 55. all that bad weather made everyone wait. but tonight there's few clouds and therefore no rain. there's something on radar that's hard to explain. it left from the poles and its traveling the globe. and it looks like the jolly old red elf of old. while children can nestle all snug in their beds, if we blow this forecast, we're better off dead. more rain on the way an
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professor at the city university of new york has written two books about our changing landscape. >> it comes down to making the suburban spaces pore livable for everyone, more walkable, pore vital, more economically productive and more environmentally sound and resilient. >> take voorhees, new jersey. a philadelphia suburb that was home to an underperforming mall. the developer demolished half of it. built 400 apartments and created this street. the town's offices moved inside what is left of the mall helping bring foot traffic to remaining stores. >> i think malls are not dedz, they're evolving. >> pennsylvania real-estate investment trust see joe core dino oversees 38 malls in 14 states. >> this is the only mall in the united states with a town hall as an occupant. >> which suits voorhees mayor just fichblt his 31,000 con sit-- constituents have a down town for the first time, a growing restaurant row, a beauty school and a sports club. >> it really is creating a sense of community and giving people a reason to come here which was the idea that we wanted from the first place. >> voorhees s
: richard paul evans went from that salt lake city house to this one, all because of a little tale he wrote for his daughters. you didn't think, okay, i want to sell this and people are going to buy this and everyone will fall in love with this book. >> the idea of being a novelist is really romantic but it's kind of the same as being a president of the united states. it's like it's not going to happen. >> reporter: but it did happen for rick evans. you may remember the christmas box, a mega hit 20 years ago. so this is the original little book that you published. evans first printed only 20 copies of the book but in the days before the internet took off, friends started passing dog-eared copies around. and bookstores started asking for it. >> at that point i thought, you know, maybe i should send this to publishers. they all quickly rejected the book. >> reporter: so evans self-published. only after his book hit the best seller list, did a major publisher buy it for a reported $4 million. so in a way, he became a godfather to a whole new generation of authors who are writing the next chapt
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